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Postdoc mentoring programme

The main goal of the mentoring Postdoc programme is the scientific career promotion of during the initial post-doctoral phase. Participation is open to all MARUM Postdocs whose PhD has not been issued longer than 5 years ago.

Mentoring involves a confidential relationship between mentee and mentor in an open and trusting atmosphere. These mentee-mentor tandems take up their respective roles in occasional informal meetings. Personal support and encouragement, knowledge of “unwritten rules”, and an awareness of the importance of professional networking should support the mentee in their scientific career development. For this reason mentors support and assist in the mentee´s networking. Mentee and mentor express discretion and confidentiality. It is up to the tandem what to talk about – depending on the mentee´s agenda as well as on the mentor´s competences and limits - and last but not least it depends on the existing confidence.

Mentoring relationships function best outside of hierarchies, competitive relations, or daily business. This is why mentors are not involved in the mentee´s research. The mentors should support their mentee in developing and defining short- or long-term realistic career goals, but should not exclusively focus on the scientific content of the postdoc project. For that reason it might be better if the mentee-mentor tandems are 'technically' not too close together.

Postdoc mentoring programme
(c) Marco Arm­bruster
Postdoc mentoring programme
(c) Marco Arm­bruster

Interested postdocs can submit an informal request of participation to the MARUM director. The short request should contain a letter of motivation, a CV and the proposed mentor. An approximate cost calculation should also be accompanied. It should be noted here that only pure travel funding can be requested.

For economic reasons mentors should come from Bremen (or the immediate vicinity). For postdocs who are seeking a career abroad, mentors from these countries can be proposed in exceptional cases. The invitation letter to the mentor will be set up by the MARUM director. The mentee-mentor tandems are set up initially for one year. During this period at least two talks (e.g. in person, via email, or by phone) should take place. At the end of first year both mentee and mentor will explain independently whether the tandem should be continued or not. With a positive opinion from the two sides the program can be continued for a second year.